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Inaugural Ullr Ball celebrates ABF success

(Sheridan, Wyo.) — Celebrating the recent news that the Antelope Butte Foundation has the funds in place to purchase the the ski area at Antelope Butte 10 months ahead of schedule, the inaugural Ullr Ball hosted by the Antelope Butte Foundation was a smashing success tonight. "We all have a reason for Sheridan to be a ski town again," ABF Ski-EO Andrew Gast told the crowd. "Your reason might be your kids, your grandkids." Other benefits to reopening the ski area include the economic impact of new jobs in the area, tourism dollars, and outdoor recreational and educational opportunities for local kids, Gast said. And so, with food, drinks, a silent auction and tunes by The Craft Brothers, the crowd paid tribute to the ABF, the ski area's history and maybe even a little to Ullr, the medieval Norse god of winter. "Access to these activities make Sheridan great," ABF Board Member Caryn Moxey said. "And Sheridan has been a ski town for a long time." In 1949, Little Bear opened on Red Grade. Then in 1960, Fun Valley opened in the Bighorns — and was later renamed Antelope Butte. [image: Inline image 5] *Dally Community Maven Carrie Haderlie (top center) poses here in the photo booth with ABF Board Member Carrie Sisson and ABF Ski-EO Andrew Gast. / Pitchengine Communities* [image: Inline image 1] *Attendees donned retro ski garb for the ball. / Pitchengine Communities* [image: Inline image 3] *The Craft Brothers provided ambiance. / Pitchengine Communities* [image: Inline image 4] *Gast speaks to the crowd. / Pitchengine Communities* *Feature photo ABF Board Member Caryn Moxey speaks to the crowd. /